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Watch the Solar eclipse - live from America!
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Author:  rwilkinson [ Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Watch the Solar eclipse - live from America!

The MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network will be observing the partial phases of this solar eclipse by taking images every 3 minutes throughout the entire event. MicroObservatory telescopes stationed in Amado, Arizona and Cambridge, Massachusetts will observe from the Northeast and the Southwest — giving you an opportunity to view this amazing event from both sides of the path of totality.
(From Arizona the eclipse starts around 5:15pm BST, and in Massachusetts it ends just before 9pm our time).

Anyone can follow the progression of the Moon crossing in front of the Sun by viewing eclipse images on their Recent Images page:
Their preview images are .GIF, but the full FITS data for each can be downloaded too.

Author:  rwilkinson [ Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Watch the Solar eclipse - live from America!

I was following the progress of the event with the MicroObservatory's robotic telescope "Ben" in Arizona. Although the eclipse was only partial at that location, it returned a data-set of 198 (monochrome) images, which I've just processed into a colourised animation using IRIS, IrfanView and unFREEz.
Here's an MP4-compressed version:

Another of their telescopes was following the event from Boston MA, but they had some interrruptions due to cloud there.

Author:  rwilkinson [ Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Watch the Solar eclipse - live from America!

And I found this record from a Personal Weather Station in Mill City, Oregon:
which shows how dramatically the light-level dropped during the eclipse:
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